Rocket Barrel Ride
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Rocket Barrel Ride is the twelfth level in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! It is also the second area of Cotton-Top Cove.
Set amongst a series of waterfalls, the Kongs must utilize Booster Barrels to make it to the top of the level. These uncommon barrels can carry the Kongs safely through the air, so they can reach the many platforms in the stage. They will have to make sure not to fall, though, as they can tumble all the way to the bottom of the waterfalls, or worse, fall into a pit. Along the way, they will discover Krumples, whom can only be defeated by Kiddy Kong. This level is home to several Krimps, Buzzes and Knick-Knacks as well. Later in the level, Parry the Parallel Bird can be found. He can be used to nab the Kongs some extra items.
At the beginning of the level, the heroes will find a pathway in front of a large waterfall. They should head through the area and jump into the nearest Booster Barrel. It will raise them to a higher area and blast them upwards. Landing on a ledge, they will find another Booster Barrel floating above a small gap. If they jump in, they will be shot to the next area. There, they will soon find a Booster Barrel nearby to lead them to an above ledge. A few steps after landing on the ledge, they will find another Booster Barrel. The barrel will blast them to two other Booster Barrels, which will then guide the monkeys upwards. After grabbing the letter K, they will make their way to a ledge and find a curved pathway stretching behind a waterfall. The pathway will take them to the next Booster Barrel. This barrel will take them into a chain of other Booster Barrels, progressively leading the Kongs higher and higher up the level. Eventually, they will land in a new area, where they will use another platform behind a waterfall to continue. After passing a Krumple, the apes will see a Blast Barrel. The barrel will blast them into another barrel, which will then fire them a long distance to the left. Soon, the group will land on a strong ledge. There, they will find another passage behind a waterfall. Once they travel across the pathway, they will walk up to a Booster Barrel, hanging over a small gap. This barrel and the following Booster Barrel will aid the monkeys in reaching the above ledge, where they will find the Star Barrel.
About halfway into the level, the heroes should take two passages in front and behind some waterfalls. At the far left end of the area, they will make their way into a set a Blast Barrels, which will blast them to a ledge. Heading on, the group should walk in front of another waterfall nearby to notice another Booster Barrel. The barrel will drop them off near another Booster Barrel. This Booster Barrel, once entered, will raise the Kongs to a great distance, then letting them out in mid-air. Landing in another Booster Barrel, the apes will continue upwards, dodging some Buzzes, until they are shot to the letter N. Traveling to the left of the item, Dixie Kong and her partner will walk across more of the wet pathway and find a set of platforms behind a waterfall. If they hop between some Buzzes, the monkeys will make their way to an area in front of a waterfall. After getting through this small area, they will soon notice another pathway behind the same waterfall. If the heroes manage to get behind the falls safely, they will climb up a wall of dirt and cross a gap. Once they do so, they will find another set of platforms stretching behind a waterfall. Jumping upwards on each other the three pathways, they will make it to the highest of the platforms, where they will need to head into a nearby Auto Fire Barrel. The barrel will automatically shoot them to a higher area. In this area, the Kongs will hop between two Buzzes and pass the No Animal Sign for Parry the Parallel Bird, if they lead the bird up to this point. Heading on, the monkeys will get in a Booster Barrel that will drop them off on a ledge near the letter G. Climbing behind another waterfall with a small platform, they will find a few Buzzes surrounding a Booster Barrel. After dodging the enemies, the group should carefully get in the barrel and be shot up to the level's highest point. If they travel to the right, they will find a flagpole. Raising its flag will end the level.
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